2019-05-20: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-05-20). Teachers rally in Nashville, Tennessee to demand pay raises. wsws.org More than 1,000 teachers and school employees called in sick last week in the latest protests by educators in the US.

Labor Video Project (2019-05-20). The Fight Against PAR, The Attack On Teachers & Worker Rights With Educator Brian Crowell. indybay.org Educator and former Berkeley Federaton of Teachers steward Brian Crowell talks about his experience with the Peer Assisted Program PAR and how he discovered it was being used to target senior teachers, African American teachers and Latino teachers. He also found out that his union president of the BFT Cathy Cambell was being paid by the district to discipline and terminate teachers.

Jeff Bryant (2019-05-20). Epic fail of charter schools in Louisiana. nationofchange.org The legacy of the federal government's charter school grants in Louisiana should not be understood just by the sheer waste of precious education funds, but also by the real human consequences of spreading makeshift charter programs that throw communities into confusion, distress, and a sense of betrayal.

Ruth Milka (2019-05-20). 'A Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education:' Bernie Sanders unveils 10-point education plan. nationofchange.org "The United States, as the wealthiest country in history, should have the best education system in the world…sadly, that is not the case today."

Nikhil Goyal (2019-05-20). Bernie's Plan to Save Public Schools. thenation.com Bernie's Plan to Save Public Schools…

teleSUR (2019-05-20). 4,000 Students In Venezuela for Congress for Free Education. telesurenglish.net The XVIII Latin American and Caribbean Student Congress (CLAE) is being held in Venezuela's capital city Caracas from Monday to May 25. The congress will see the participation of 4,000 young people. | RELATED: | Caribbean Students Oppose War Plans and Demand Respect for Venezuelan Sovereignty | The National Experimental University…

Laura Flanders (2019-05-20). Can It Happen Here? commondreams.org Neo-Nazi protestors organized by the National Socialist Movement demonstrate near where the grand opening ceremonies were held for the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center April 19, 2009 in Skokie, Illinois. About 20 protestors greeted those who left the event with white power salutes and chants. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/neo_nazi_bookstores.jpg…

Staff (2019-05-20). Trump Appointees Refuse to Say They Support Brown v. Board of Education. therealnews.com 65 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 to end school segregation. Now Trump's appointees to the federal bench and Department of Justice refuse to say they support it. What does the future hold?

Manuel García, Jr. (2019-05-20). Abortion: White Panic Over Demographic Dilution? counterpunch.org What is behind the bigotry masquerading as sanctimonious religiosity fervently opposed to abortion in the United States? One motivation for US conservatives' opposition to abortion — "a woman's right to choose" — as stated by demographer Ben Wattenberg (in his increasingly neoconservative later years, after the 1970s), and cited by the wonderful educator, Jane Elliott More

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-05-20). What's Trending: Black News Recap. naacp.org Washington Post: Billionaire Robert F. Smith pledges to pay off Morehouse College Class of 2019‚Ä≤s student loans Smith told the graduates how he launched his lucrative career. He gave them wise words on grit and success. Then he deviated from his prepared remarks. "My family is going to create a grant to …

Eds. (2019-05-20). Scientists against the machine. mronline.org Jane Shallice examines the history of radical research at the British Society for Social Responsibility in Science. | Source

Paula Radley (2019-05-20). Breaking: 'I've shut down BP. Here's why.'. nationofchange.org As you read this, I'm sitting in a big container outside BP HQ in | London, blocking one of the main entrances to the building. Along with a | team of climbers on the roof, and more people in containers like mine, | we've shut down the building. This is one of the scariest things I've | ever done, but I know it's the right thing. | Paula is one of the activists shutting down BP's head office challenging the company to clean up or clear out | We're at a critical point in history. We have the science telling us | that we are destroying our planet — that we're facing a climate | emergency. And one thing we…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-20). Because 'BP Fueling Climate Emergency': Greenpeace Blockades London HQ With Massive Metal Containers. commondreams.org "The science is clear: we must stop searching for new oil and gas if we want a livable planet. BP must clean up or clear out." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bp_greenpeace.jpg…

plenglish (2019-05-20). Diaz-Canel Highlights Latin American Student Support to Venezuela. plenglish.com Havana, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel highlighted Monday the support of Latin American students to the Venezuelan people in the face of the severity of U.S.-imposed blockade against the South American country.

Christian Christensen (2019-05-20). From Greta Thunberg to Parkland: Young Activists and the Right-Wing Smear Industry. commondreams.org Greta Thunberg speaks at an event with other climate activists on April 22, 2019 in London, England. Greta Thunberg sparked the global student climate protests after striking from her own school in her home country of Sweden. She is visiting London whilst the Extinction Rebellion protests continue and build in momentum. (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/greta_thunberg_smear_campaign.jpg…

Pepe Escobar (2019-05-20). The Dead Don't Die: They March to War. globalresearch.ca Hysteria reigns supreme. As in the new Jim Jarmusch movie, The Dead Don't Die, The Return of the Living Neocon Dead, in a trashy rerun of the lead-up to Shock and Awe in 2003, keeps orchestrating the zombie march….

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-05-20). Understanding NATO, Ending War. globalresearch.ca On 4 April 2019, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, better known as NATO, marked the 70th anniversary of its existence with a conference attended by the foreign ministers of member nations in Washington DC. This will be complemented …

Rick Sterling (2019-05-20). How Russiagate Replaced Analysis of the 2016 Election. globalresearch.ca An honest and accurate analysis of the 2016 election is not just an academic exercise. It is very relevant to the current election campaign. Yet over the past two years, Russiagate has dominated media and political debate and largely replaced …

Colin Todhunter (2019-05-20). Imperialism In An X-Factor Age: If The Drugs Don't Work, The Drones Certainly Will. globalresearch.ca In Vietnam, Agent Orange was dropped by the US to poison a foreign population. In Iraq and the former Yugoslavia, depleted uranium was used. In western countries, things are a bit more complicated because various states have tended to avoid …

Shawgi Tell (2019-05-19). Pseudo-Socialist Bernie Sanders Finally Opposes Charter Schools. dissidentvoice.org After wavering and making confusing statements about charter schools three years ago when he was running for President, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for President again, finally came out and issued a broad education plan on May 18, 2019 which, among other things, opposes charter schools. Part two of Sanders' ten-part "Thurgood Marshall …

teleSUR (2019-05-19). Brazil's Military Police Kills 434 in Rio de Janeiro in 2019. telesurenglish.net According to the Rio de Janeiro State Institute of Public Security (IPS), 434 military police killings took place in Rio de Janeiro in the first quarter of 2019, averaging seven deaths per day. | RELATED: | 'Brazil Needs More Education, Not More Guns', Lula Warns | This became the most violent 90 days period in recorded history. The data did not include killings by the Rio de Janeiro Civil Police. The killing spree by the military police comes less than six months into the presidency of…

Staff (2019-05-19). New Abortion Laws 'Go Against Common Sense'. therealnews.com Conservatives have launched a new attack on abortion rights, which go against both medical science and common sense, says Anoa Changa, but the point is to bring the issue to the new conservative Supreme Court majority…

Richard Galustian (2019-05-19). Iran and Why It Would be Insane for America to Go to War There. globalresearch.ca Is Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard the only sane voice in both Houses of the US Congress? | She says "War with Iran would make the Iraq War look like a cakewalk." | . | . | Russian roulette is a game of chance where players …

Global Research News (2019-05-19). Selected Articles: US War Agenda: Venezuela before Iran? globalresearch.ca Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-05-19). A Novel We Can All Relate To: "The Other Americans" globalresearch.ca America is still discovering itself. The rise of Donald Trump alerted those citizens who held that they alone defined our culture and values to the existence of a significant population holding very different views— and the will to back a …

Philip Giraldi (2019-05-19). America's Most Pro-Israel Governor: Ron DeSantis Will Send More Florida Money to Israel. globalresearch.ca Ron DeSantis, Florida's new governor, should be really proud of himself. He recently recalled that when he ran for governor "…[he] promised to be the most pro-Israel governor in America and that the first delegation [he] would lead would …

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-19). The U.S. Ultimatum on Huawei Is Backfiring. globalresearch.ca The U.S. is putting pressure on its many partners across the world to follow its lead and ban Huawei from their national telecommunications networks, with the Trump Administration channeling the Bush one in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks …

Mark Taliano (2019-05-19). Who Am I? globalresearch.ca If I am to be defined by what I do, then define me as a supporter of civilization, a supporter of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, a supporter of the right to choose, a supporter of secular government and democracy. | Define …

Ben Chacko (2019-05-19). US 'Bid to Destroy Venezuela' Threatens the Foundations of International Law, Ambassador Warns. globalresearch.ca Washington's bid to "destroy Venezuela" is wrecking the international laws governing relations between all states, Venezuela's ambassador to Britain Rocio Maneiro warned today. | "Nobody really understands the danger" of the precedent set by the decision by some countries to recognise …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-05-19). "The Doomsday Forum": Senior Military, Nuclear Weapons Officials Convene… America's "$1 Trillion Nuclear Weapons Plan". Take out Russia, Iran and North Korea? globalresearch.ca "Blowing up the Planet" through the use of "peace-making nuclear bombs" is a money making undertaking, a corporate bonanza for the "defense" contractors.

Kelley B. Vlahos (2019-05-19). From Boeing to E-Ring: Shanahan Is Industry's Man in the Pentagon. globalresearch.ca John McCain is looking down on Washington and he is definitely not smiling. | The late senator had very little in common with the anti-interventionist principles of this magazine, but in the brighter moments of his 35-year career in Congress, …

Michael Welch (2019-05-19). 1919 Winnipeg General Strike: Lessons for Creating a Better World in 2019. globalresearch.ca "The worker must get a more equitable share of the wealth of the world. And this Strike has already demonstrated the ability of the workers to get his if he consolidated their forces. Withdraw your labour power from the …

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-19). The OPCW Chemical Watchdog: A US Imperial Tool. The CW Douma Incident in Syria. globalresearch.ca The chemical watchdog group is mandated "to implement the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention…to achieve…a world…free of" CWs. | Its mission includes conducting "credible and transparent" on-site inspections to verify use of and destruction of these weapons." | Time and again, …

Daniel Ellsberg (2019-05-19). The Truth-Teller: From the Pentagon Papers to the Doomsday Machine. globalresearch.ca The growth of the military-industrial complex poses an existential threat to humanity. Daniel Ellsberg, peace activist and Vietnam War whistleblower discusses with Tellus Senior Fellow Allen White the continuing existential threat posed by the military-industrial complex—and what needs to be …

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-19). Unlawful Arrests of Venezuelan DC Embassy Protectors Symbolic of US Decadence. globalresearch.ca Activist embassy protectors were invited into Venezuela's Washington diplomatic facility by its legitimate ruling authorities in Caracas. | According to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the premises of embassies, consulates, and other diplomatic facilities are inviolable territory — no one …

Sean Bell (2019-05-19). Analysis: There Is Little Hope that Europe Will Stand in the Way of a US War with Iran. globalresearch.ca The United States will go to war with Iran if nothing is done to prevent it. This is the assumption that the world's geopolitical actors have worked off for the better part of two decades, and there has been precious …

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2019-05-19). Targeting Iran. Manufactured Scenarios to Justify Military Aggression. globalresearch.ca A dangerous flashpoint has emerged in world politics at the moment. There is widespread fear that the United States and its allies might launch a military operation against Iran at any time. A US aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers are …

Mark Taliano (2019-05-19). Syria: The White Helmets Are Terrorist Auxiliaries. globalresearch.ca First published on October 30, 2018 | Canada's decision to welcome White Helmets terrorists evacuated from Syria is consistent with Canada's overall strategy throughout the course of this criminal "Regime Change" war against Syria, a founding member of the United Nations, …

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-19). Trump Regime "War of Words" on Iran. globalresearch.ca John Bolton wants war on all nations the US doesn't control. His longstanding hostility toward Iran is well known. | Reportedly he's been pushing Trump for war on Iran since becoming national security advisor. His notorious 2015 NYT op-ed headlined "To …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-19). 'A Burning Indictment of Our Higher Ed System': Commencement Speaker Pays Off $40 Million in Student Debt. commondreams.org Commencement speaker Robert F. Smith garnered widespread praise Sunday when the billionaire investor announced he will wipe out an estimated $40 million in student debt for Morehouse College's nearly 400 graduating seniors—but the move also sparked intense criticism of the cost of higher education in the United States. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/morehouse.png…

WSWS (2019-05-18). Amid declining real wages, strikes in US escalate. wsws.org Fueled by declining real wages, new strikes by teachers, health care workers and other sections of the working class are erupting.

WSWS (2019-05-18). One million take to the streets against education cuts, austerity in Brazil. wsws.org The powerful demonstrations by teachers and students in over 200 cities targeted both fascistic President Bolsonaro and Workers Party (PT) state governors.

John Foster (2019-05-18). Oil and Global Rivalry. globalresearch.ca At the UN General Assembly in 2018, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl broke an unwritten taboo by talking about oil and war. "The recent wars imposed on the Middle East were…fought in the name of oil. Now Syria is a …

Paul R. Pillar (2019-05-18). Risk of Open Warfare? What Makes Iran Look Like an Immediate Threat. globalresearch.ca The current crisis atmosphere in U.S.-Iranian relations, in which the risk of open warfare appears greater than it has been in years, is solely and unequivocally due to the policies and actions of the Trump administration. To point this out …

Green Party of the United States (2019-05-18). Green Party of the United States Statement — Venezuelan Embassy. globalresearch.ca The United Nations recognizes Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela. It is illegal under international law for the U.S. to facilitate control of the embassy to opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has asserted a claim to the …

RT (2019-05-18). You've been warned: Widespread US face surveillance is 'imminent reality', says tech privacy report. rt.com Georgetown researchers are warning Americans about a sophisticated real-time face surveillance system that's about to become an "imminent reality" for millions of citizens across the country.

Manlio Dinucci (2019-05-18). Die US-Zugmaschine der weltweiten Milità§rausgaben. globalresearch.ca Die weltweiten Milità§rausgaben àºberstiegen 2018 — laut den Schà§tzungen von SIPRI vom 29. April[1] — 1.800 Milliarden Dollar, mit einem realen Anstieg von 76 % gegenàºber 1998. Nach dieser Schà§tzung gibt die Welt jede Minute etwa 3,5 Millionen Dollar fàºr …

kathy_f (2019-05-17). NAPLAN treats students like machines. greenleft.org.au A small but determined group of teachers, parents and students gathered in the rain on May 3 on the steps of the Victorian Parliament to demonstrate their opposition to the NAPLAN tests. | The speak out was organised by the Melbourne Educators for Social and Environmental Justice, a rank-and-file group within the Australian Education Union (AEU). | The NAPLAN tests are standardised tests, meaning that students right across Australia answer the same questions from a common bank of questions. They are supposed to indicate whether students are behind, above or equal to their peers. It treats students as cogs in a ma…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). Headlines for May 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Immigration Plan Favors Job Skills Over Asylum Claims and Family Ties, Trump Officials Reportedly Clash Over U.S. Sabre-Rattling With Iran, UNICEF Chief Calls Yemen War "a Test of Our Humanity" That "We Are Badly Failing", Venezuelan Government Blasts U.S. Seizure of Embassy as Vienna Convention Violation, Brazilian Teachers and Students March Against Education Cuts, Mexican Journalist Francisco Romero Killed in Playa del Carmen, Lawyer Says Tennessee Prisoner "Suffered Excruciating Pain" During Execution, Alabama Prisoner Put to Death After "Pro-Life" Governor Denies Reprieve, Senate Confirms Anti-Choice A…

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-17). We are the shadow-ghosts, creeping back as the camp fires burn low. mronline.org Professor Sandra Díaz, who teaches in Argentina's National University of Cordoba and is the co-chair of the IPBES report, said that although bio-diversity and eco-diversity are 'declining fast', 'we still have the means to ensure a sustainable future for people and the planet'. | Source